Friday, August 12, 2016
Emergency program split
By Kate Bouey - CASTANET Aug 12, 2016 / 5:00 am
Armstrong, Enderby and Spallumcheen trying to decide what to do. “We got together and asked 'what should we do' and, in the end, dissolved the function. We decided everybody will go their own way,” said Pieper. “It is nothing about poor service. It has been extremely well done.” Pieper is not worried his area would be unprepared in the event of disaster. “We all have mutual aid agreements. If somebody needs help, they come. It's happened before and it could happen again,” he said. “God forbid a Fort McMurray could happen here but if it did we would come together instantly. All it takes are a couple of phone calls.” Mund agreed, but added that once the service ends, other communities will have to pay for that additional help. “In a major catastrophe, it could end up costing the smaller municipalities more.” Meanwhile, Sinclair has been helping communities set up their own programs. The many volunteers who take part in times of emergency are being asked to register with their municipalities, she said.